Leading from the South

The Leading from the South (LFS) grant programme is now accepting applications for the 2022 cycle. Deadline for applications has been EXTENDED to 2.00 pm on 23 June 2022, Sri Lanka Time (GMT+5:30). Please download the complete call pack and read the call guidelines carefully.

Applications are currently on hold until 10:00am on Monday, 20 June (Sri Lanka time, GMT +5:30) to remedy technical glitches.

LFS is a consortium created to resource feminist activism in the Global South and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. It supports activism devised, implemented, and led by women’s, girls, trans, and intersex rights organisations in the Global South. The fund is being implemented by four women’s funds in the Global South, of which Women’s Fund Asia is the implementing fund in the Asia region.

Organisations and networks in 17 countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam) are eligible to apply for this programme under three grant categories. The categories are based on organisations’ size and scope of work.

  • Frontline Defenders grants (up to EUR48,600 for 33 months) are for organisations and networks led women, girls, trans, and intersex persons working directly with communities on mobilisation and leadership building at the community and sub-national levels. Groups must be based in rural areas or small towns, or working with marginalised communities in urban areas. Ongoing programmes/ interventions would be given a preference.
  • Amplifying Voices grants (up to EUR206,600 for 33 months) are for organisations and networks led by women, girls, trans, and intersex persons working on campaigns, knowledge, and capacity building, research, and evidence-based advocacy at the national and/or sub-regional levels. 
  • Promoting Regional Feminist Agenda grants (up to EUR446,800 for 33 months) for organisations and networks led by women, girls, trans, and intersex persons working at the macro level on capacity building of other feminist groups and activists, as well as undertaking knowledge building, evidence-based advocacy initiatives at the sub-regional, regional, and international levels. Priority will be given to groups working with international treaty bodies and regional intergovernmental organisations/or cooperation entities.

Eligible organisations are invited to:

  • Download the complete call pack. Kindly read the call guidelines carefully.
  • Apply online. Applicants under the Frontline Defenders category facing any challenges with accessibility or accessing a strong/stable internet to complete the application online can write to us at applications@wf-asia.org with the subject ‘LFS 2022 - Internet Support’.

The deadline for all applications has been extended to 2.00 pm on 23 June 2022, Sri Lanka Time (GMT+5:30). No further extensions will be given. We encourage applicants to submit well ahead of the deadline to allow for time to address any technical issues. If you have submitted your application form and received an automated response (please check the spam folder in your inbox), your submission was successful.

For any queries, please send an email with the subject line ‘LFS 2022 - Inquiry’ to applications@wf-asia.org. Queries may include any security concerns or technical issues with regards to your application. Prospective applicants with heightened security concerns should contact us via ProtonMail at applications.wfa@protonmail.com (use the subject line ‘LFS 2022 - Inquiry’). 

Organisations and individuals who are not eligible to apply for an LFS grant can consider applying to the Strengthening Feminist Movements (SFM) grant programme. The next cycle for SFM will be launched in June.